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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.77/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 525   ABV: 17.5%
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Monster 29 was born on the 36th Anniversary of the wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald, and is in memory of the 29 men that perished aboard the ship on Lake Superior. It is described as an Imperial Barley Wine made with 13 different malts, 10 different fermented sugar combinations, and other special ingredients. It is very complex in flavors and finished with 42 degrees plato OG.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (14711) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2012
11th December 2012
The 0-65 tasting. Four guys, fourteen beers, average abv 12.9%, 65 mins! Opaque dark brown beer, residual tan head. Chocolate and marmite on the nose. Smooth syrupy palate. Sweet and rich dark malts but no roast. Rich chocolate, chocolate liquer. Dash of brandy. Sublte dark fruits. Smooth finish, very slight warmth. Hides the abv well and is very drinkable.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2012
(Growler) Pours a murky amber-brown body with a spare beige head. Aroma of caramel, ash, herbs, and grass. Hot nose. Flavor of caramel, wood, roasted malt, raisins, and alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (10744) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Very dark mahogany color with a small off-white head. Intensely sweet nose of maple syrup, brown sugar, caramel, and molasses. There’s a surprising note of hoppiness in the background. Definitely some booze in there, too. The flavor is also very sweet with the sample maple syrup, brown sugar, and caramel flavors. Might be a hint of chocolate, too. An underlying grapefruit flavor along with some light pine bitterness and rather surprisingly well hidden ABV. Very good beer, but not sure why a growler was considered a necessary serving size by the brewery.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10702) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle at the 0-65% Tasting, London - thanks to Ken for procuring this beast. Pours pitch black with a tan cream head. Rich dark malt aroma with some dough, light cheese, dark chocolate. Huge sweet flavor with sticky sugars, toffee, light chocolate, figs, dates, lots of dark fruits in general. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm on the finish but nowhere nearly as hot as you might expect given the ABV. Lots of molasses, modest chocolate, dark fruits, raisins. Delicious beer. A real snifter-worthy sipper.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10554) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2012
Growler shared by b3shine. Poured clear dark brown color with an average to large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy dark sugar, toasted malt and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7853) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Growler shared at Sourfest. Pours with a hazed amber body with a surprising small tan head. Aromas show a boat load (no pun intended) of fusel alcohol. Quite sweet, brown sugar, estery, plums, fruity. Almost a light toasted barrel character to it. Flavors are drowned by alcohol. High fusel, lots of heat. Estery, plum, vinous, dates, dark fruit, brown sugar. Quite sweet. Boozy, low carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7215) - Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Dark pour for a barleywine. Fruity, rootbeerish smell. Flavor is a mish-mahs f sugar, certainly not the depth of malt flavors of a typical barleywine, tastes like biting into a date, kind of flat.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6671) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle thanks to Ken at the 0-65% tasting. It pours deepest ruby with a thin beige head. The nose is chocolate gateaux, roasted malt, cream, toffee, sweet milky coffee and treacle. The taste is very sweet up-front, caramel, toffee, candy, chocolate ice-cream, gateaux, sticky dark fruit and light saltiness. Full body, fine carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. The pretty crazy sweetness hides the alcohol well.. Drinks easier than anticipated. Decent sipper.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6600) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Sampled from the tap at the 15th annual MBGSF. Pours a deep brown that is near clear and a dark brown head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma is slightly boozy with a creamy dark grain note with a good amount of underlying sweetness. Flavor has light fruit up front but is quickly joined by sweet grain and caramel with a good amount of backing booze.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mcberko (6272) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2013
12 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma is intense, full of dark fruits, caramel, booze and candied sugar. Flavour is insanely rich and sweet, full of dark fruits, heaps of caramel, and cloying sweetness. It’s not that boozy considering it’s 17.5%, yet the sweetness is overbearingly cloying. Way too sweet for me. The flavours are nice, but it’s a bit too harsh. Syrupy, viscous palate that brings out the sweetness even more. Incredibly hard to drink - couldn’t finish the bottle.


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